New Dominican Rectory Opens in Alaska

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Friars stand with Archbishop Etienne and Cathy Rasmuson (center) as the first stages of demolition began on the old Dominican rectory (2018).

The Dominicans recently celebrated the opening of their new rectory in Anchorage, Alaska.

On February 23rd, Archbishop Etienne – accompanied by our Prior Provincial, Fr. Christopher Fadok, O.P., and Fr. Steven Maekawa, O.P., Pastor of Holy Family Cathedral – blessed the chapel and living spaces of the rectory, then celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving, followed by a wonderful community celebration.

Also present for the blessing and Mass were four other Dominicans from California: Fr. Michael Fones, O.P. (Socius and Vicar to the Provincial), Fr. James Moore, O.P. (Vicar Provincial for Advancement), Fr. LaSalle Hallissey, O.P. (Former Pastor of HFC), and Fr. Dominic DeMaio, O.P.

The friars have served the good people of Alaska since 1974, when Archbishop Ryan asked them to staff Holy Family Cathedral. Since then, they have worked diligently to evangelize the region and build up the community around the cathedral.

The old rectory was quite dilapidated, and suffered from numerous problems, some of which were serious safety concerns. However, generous friends from the Anchorage community stepped forward to fund the construction of a new rectory. Their vision and generosity means the Dominicans have a beautiful home from which to serve the people of Alaska for generations to come.

We hope you enjoy the following photos from the rectory blessing and Mass HERE